We are extremely disappointed with the Inspector's decision to uphold the refusal of planning permission for our cloister project. However, we shall be reviewing his comments and planning our strategy for the way ahead in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, there are some events in the pipeline for Autumn and Winter - watch this space!
Full Public Gallery at Hearing
County Hall, Trowbridge: 6th August 10.00am
Given the time, on a weekday morning, our supporters were out in force to support the case for St.Mary's cloister plans going ahead.
The hearing was conducted in a professional manner, with polite and relevant questioning from the Inspector, Neil Pope, who viewed the model of the proposed cloister building at close quarters, along with Wiltshire Councl representative Mike Wilmott and our architect George Batterham.
A site visit followed the proceedings at County Hall, with a trip up the Tower for the Inspector and Wiltshire Council representatives alike. The 'key view' from the New Park Street entrance was seen, along with several vantage points from outside and inside the church grounds.
The footprint of the building has been marked out with posts and these will remain for a week or so, should any members of the public wish to visit the grounds and get a feel for the area that would be covered, and an idea of the maximum height of the partly submerged cloister.
It was apparent from the top of the tower that the design would have no impact on this significant vantage point, with visitors having to lean some distance over the edge to get a glimpse of the structure.